Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tiger Down and Out, John Daly Kicking Butt???

Sometimes, you just have to scratch your head.
From ESPN:   Sunshine is always a pleasant surprise at Pebble Beach, and Thursday brought a real stunner: John Daly was near the top of the leaderboard.
With his best opening round on the PGA Tour in nearly 10 years, Daly kept a clean card at Pebble Beach on a magnificent day along the Monterey Peninsula for a 7-under 65, leaving him one shot behind J.B. Holmes and Justin Hicks in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Daly won an exhibition in Turkey last year. The last official win for the two-time major champion was at Torrey Pines in 2004. So when Daly rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on his final hole, one of the volunteers wasn't joking when he said, "Daly is at 7 under? On his own?"
Daly laughed when he heard that. Then again, this day could put anyone in a good mood.
His golf was as glorious as the sunshine. Three years ago, a beautiful day gave way to fog and then rain without notice in a two-hour span. Last year, the third round was ravaged by rain and 30 mph win. Thursday brought long shadows....
Daly, however, caused the biggest stir. It was his best start since a 64 in the Byron Nelson Championship in 2005.
He can deliver a good round -- or win a major, for that matter -- out of nowhere. Still, this wouldn't seem to be the place for it. Daly tied for 20th at Pebble Beach in his rookie season in 1991 and he hasn't made the cut in 10 tries since then. And he still hasn't.
"That wouldn't shock me," Daly said when told of his record. "I still haven't made it yet."
Next up is a trip to Monterey Peninsula, and Daly isn't sure what to expect. Part of him was still in shock over the colors -- emerald green on the fairways, blue in the ocean and that big yellow ball in the sky, always a welcome guest.
Of course, he had those colors and more in the pattern of his Loudmouth pants. Daly said that pattern is called, "In the Jungle."
Meanwhile, the once powerful Tiger Woods is scuffling along, playing his worst golf since kindergarten.
So, it is nice to see Daly, who has gone through addiction, I think bankruptcy and a lot of personal bad choices to start playing well again.

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